It all computes for Matthew
AFTER seven years as a factory worker, Matthew Peers upskilled at SkillsTech and has not looked back.
It started when he expressed an interest to study computer aided design (CAD) while he was working at a steel building manufacturer.
“I progressed through the ranks and got to a point where I really wanted to develop my skills,” Peers says.
“My employer was good enough to let me start studying a Certificate III in Engineering, specialising in CAD – which was something I’d been interested in for years.” After completing his CAD training at SkillsTech, Peers hoped he could move into his employer’s design department, however, economic circumstances dictated otherwise.
“By the time I finished my Certificate III I was unable to move into the design department.
“The company’s circumstances had changed in light of the economy and I started looking for other opportunities elsewhere,” Peers says.
Capitalising on the momentum of his Certificate III studies, Peers enrolled in a Certificate IV in Engineering at SkillsTech and says the qualification, as well as the experience of studying at TAFE, has been invaluable.
“Being able to work and do my studies has been invaluable,” he says.
“I come in for night classes on Tuesdays because I prefer learning in a classroom to learning by myself online.
“I’ve been a factory worker for most of my life and since I’ve upskilled at SkillsTech so many doors have opened for me.” Peers was also able to access SkillsTech’s Indigenous Support Services, which he says made “a huge difference” to his studies by providing support throughout his training.
Ultimately, he says he would not be anywhere if it wasn’t for one simple thing – hard work.
“There are opportunities for everybody if you’re willing to put in the hard work . . . it doesn’t matter what background you come from,” Peers says.
“If you study hard and work hard most people will give you a go.”